UCI News

The New York Times, Jan. 8, 2020
Los Angeles Officers Suspended After Boy Is Wrongly Labeled a Gang Member
But the issues with incorrectly labeling people gang members extend far beyond falsifying field notes, according to [UCI Law School Alumnus] Sean Garcia-Leys, a lawyer at the Urban Peace Institute. … Being labeled a gang member — and added to CalGang — has the potential to color every future interaction that person has with law enforcement, said Katharine Tinto, director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at University of California, Irvine School of Law. That person may be pulled over more frequently, face more serious charges if involved in a crime or be prioritized for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Associated Press, Jan. 9, 2020
As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries
Studies of wildland firefighters also give insights into the risks of smoke inhalation. They’ve shown significantly higher rates of lung cancer and death from heart disease, said Michael Kleinman, who researches the health effects of air pollution and is a professor of environmental toxicology at the University of California, Irvine. … “It’s safe to say there will probably more effects at the long-term level,” Kleinman said. “Especially if those events happened over a longer period of time or more repeatedly, there will be cumulative damage to the lung and heart which eventually will lead to chronic disease.”

NPR, Jan. 9, 2020 (Audio)
Minimum Wage Hikes Fuel Higher Pay Growth For Those At The Bottom
But others caution that the higher cost for employers may come with trade-offs. “You’re getting a raise if you keep your job and if your hours don’t change,” says economist David Neumark of the University of California at Irvine. “But there’s plenty of evidence that there is some job loss from minimum wages and those workers are worse off.”

The Nation, Jan. 9, 2020
City of Protest: On Hong Kong With Jeff Wasserstrom
Twenty nineteen was the year Hong Kong exploded, and Jeff Wasserstrom’s Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, out on February 11, is a concise guide to a “city of protest” that until recently was better known as an apolitical capital of commerce. Wasserstrom, who teaches modern Chinese history at the University of California at Irvine, has been a close observer of Chinese protest movements for over three decades. “It did not feel as though things were wrapping up,” he told me after returning from his latest visit to the city in mid-December. “It is important to keep in mind Hong Kong’s capacity to surprise.”

Orange Coast Magazine, Jan. 8, 2020
Poet, Translator, and UC Irvine Alumna E.J. Koh Bridges Cultural Boundaries in New Memoir
The author of an award-winning poetry collection, “A Lesser Love” (2017), [E.J.] Koh wrote her first poems at UC Irvine. “I couldn’t grasp what poetry was until my teacher was very honest with me and said, ‘There’s something here that’s missing: magnanimity.’ That stayed with me. It became an obsession, to learn how it feels to be magnanimous. When you grow up in a place where you’re not used to caring for yourself, let alone caring for other people, it’s hard to know how it feels to be magnanimous.”

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